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They're keeping minds stimulated, and bodies on the move at the Charleston County Human Services Commission's Youth Leadership Camp in Dorchester county.

Summer break does not mean a break from the books for students at the Youth Leadership Camp at Harleyville Elementary School in Dorchester.

Camp program coordinator Mallory Mace says, "It's four weeks, Monday through Thursday. Monday through Wednesday they have classes like English, math, and P.E. and Thursday is field trip day. Children age 6 to 12 receive daily instruction from certified teachers to re-enforce what they've learned over the previous school year and prep for the year ahead. Twelve-year-old Wilisia Swinton says, "I can learn more and be prepared for when school starts again."

The forty-five campers are also taught character education, etiquette and leadership principles daily. Each week has a different theme, and campers learn about financial literacy, energy conservation, career planning and health and nutrition. Mace says, "The camp is a character education type camp. We focus on academics as well as character type building. We do the six pillars of character, as well as STAR, Stop Think Act and Review. We try to teach the kids how to make the best decisions in everyday situations."

Keeping campers on the move is major component. The campers even gave Octavia a few pointers on how to improve her basketball skills.  Dionye Warren, 12 years-old, says, "I like the camp because I get to hang out with my sister and the rest of my friends, and learn more as in math, that's my favorite subject." Eleven-year-old Jhordyn Jones says, "Well it helps you when you're focusing all on summer stuff, when you get back to school, you won't have the knowledge to know anything. You can have the background knowledge, so you can know it all when you go to that next grade." Camper, 11-year-old Tina Kirkhart says, "It helps you build up in everything. We get to do different activities, and we get to have fun."

The camp is free for income eligible students. Weekly classes in financial literacy, career planning, and best parenting practices are offered to parents as well. The non-profit agency provides service to rural areas in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. They rotate camp sites between the three counties each year.

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